Here are two scenarios that have unfolded over the past two offseasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Finish the regular season 7-9 with a quarterback who ranks 19th in the NFL in passer rating, 12 in yards per attempt.
- Finish the regular season 4-12 with a quarterback who ranks 21st in passer rating, dead last in yards per attempt.
So which one earned the following praise from the head coach?
In Bucs team meeting, Greg Schiano said "we have our quarterback," according to Mike Williams and Tiquan Underwood.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) December 30, 2013
The one who finished lower in passer rating, lower in yards per attempt, and with a worse record.
Unlike the speculation and constant questioning of Josh Freeman that occurred over the 2013 offseason, Greg Schiano has already begun to sing the praises of the third-round rookie quarterback who probably saved him his job.
Glennon had a decent first half against the New Orleans Saints before falling apart in the second half (which was a common occurrence all season for the Buccaneers). But overall, his season was not praiseworthy and should not be worthy of being named the 2014 starter just moments after finishing a 4-12 campaign.
At the very least, Glennon should have to compete for his job against a draft choice or veteran free agent. After all, isn’t competition one of Greg Schiano’s core values?
The fact that Schiano continues to show preferential treatment to certain players, while ostracizing others reveals that he’s not a competent leader of men, but rather a leader of “his” men.
So while Wallace Gilberry and George Selvie have gone on to start for other teams, and LeGarrette Blount, Aqib Talib and Michael Bennett have flourished elsewhere, Schiano remains in Tampa Bay with more excuses than wins after a disappointing 2013 season.